Getting prepared for a marathon requires a lot of both physical and mental training, and for a wheelchair user strengthening the upper body sufficiently to push the gruelling 26.2 miles of a marathon requires a huge amount of determination and dedication.
Before training even begins, a prospective marathon athlete must begin fuelling his body with healthy, energy-giving foods. Following a varied diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and good proteins is the best way to start training for a marathon using a wheelchair.
Physical training should begin gradually, with regular workouts increasing in length. One of the best aids for wheelchair athletes who are training for a marathon using a wheelchair is the Invictus Active Trainer. This roller trainer allows them to build stamina and endurance and to improve their pushing technique. The adjustable resistance of the rollers allows athletes to increase their workout difficulty to build muscle and strength.